Looking for an inexpensive date night that allows you to talk and really get to know the person? Or maybe a family outing that doesn’t break the budget? All you need is some traveler mugs full of hot chocolate or mochas, some holiday cookies, a killer holiday playlist and your car. Driving around to look at Christmas lights is one of my favorite holiday traditions and I hope you enjoy it too. Here is the guide to 2023 Christmas lights in Olympia and throughout Thurston County.
Candy Cane Lane at the Kelley Ranch
5410 66th Avenue NW, Olympia
Open now through January 1
Candy Cane Lane is on for the season and will have the lights lit from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day. You are allowed to walk or drive around the circle in order to see everything. From Snoopy to a naivety, they have a ton of lit-up characters for you to enjoy. New this year is a photo area for you to capture a lasting memory with your family or date. Donations are accepted for the Thurston County Food Bank in a coordinated effort with the Griffin Fire Department. The drop box should be at the end of the driveway, but if it’s missing they say to just leave the items on the porch.
Wilson Street Winter Wonderland
424 Wilson Street SE, Olympia
Open now until January 1
You won’t want to miss the Wilson Street Winter Wonderland! Their Christmas lights run Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visit the Facebook page to find out when the Santa and the Grinch will be visiting! This is a walk-through Christmas light display in Olympia. No pets, no smoking or vaping and they ask that you do not block the neighbor’s driveways when you park. After 7 p.m. you can park at Left Bank and Eastside Big Tom’s.
1515 10th Avenue SE, Olympia
Open now until January 1
Oly Lightsravaganza has over 100,000 lights in 40 different types, sizes and colors! Their lights are now on through the holidays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Park and walk through the amazing collection of displays. No pets, smoking or vaping. Donations are being accepted for the Thurston County Food Bank, both monetary and in-kind. There will be cookies and cider on select nights, visit the Oly Lightstravaganza Facebook page for more information.
2203 Park Circle SW, Olympia
Look for a Santa sleigh with reindeer taking off from the roof at this fun house display. They have many more characters in their front yard to look at. Then, continue on Park Drive up the hill to the corner of Park Drive and Silvan View Court SW to see an impressive multi-color display of lights.
1630 26th Avenue NE, Olympia
The Christmas Comics are always a great display to check out and you can stay warm and toasty in your car! They have painted characters from Disney, Universal, Nickelodeon, Hanna-Barbera and more. Christmas lights are on from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. through December 31.
713 North Street
This family home is decked out with all kinds of Christmas and holiday inflatables!
6024 Tiger Tail Drive SW
Don’t miss the Mccollom home on Tiger Tail Drive. It’s full of the holiday spirit!
2405 Dayton Street SE
Star Wars fans won’t want to miss this holiday house!
2214 Nut Tree Loop SE, Olympia
Don’t miss the Muller house on Nut Tree Loop, they have their property lined with light-up candy canes and a yard full of deer.
2920 Tierney Street SW, Maytown
Open now through December 29
Christmas island is a spectacular display that Maytown Assembly of God does every year. You can drive or park and walk through. Free coffee and treats. For more information and to donate, visit the Maytown Assembly of God website.
3625 Gainsborough Drive SE
3625 Gainsborough Drive SE has music playing with their wide variety of classic Christmas characters including Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch, Santa, toy soldiers, a nativity scene, and more. They also have a food bank donation box.
1725 Eskridge Boulevard SE
Check out this incredible lights display on the corner of Eskridge Boulevard and Forest Hill Drive SE.
150 Cherry Lane SE
This home in tumwater is decked out for theo holidays with lights and fun characters.
2109 Brookside Road SW, Tumwater
The Brookside Road house is lit up again this year with some new additions so be sure to check it out.
4819 50th Avenue SE, Lacey
Open December 1 through January 7
Epic Lights in lacey lights up the night with their dazzling display. Tune to 107.9 FM on your radio. You can also look for signs that say, “For music, push button or touchless wave.” Want to hear your song set to the lights? Go to their website and request a song, then head out between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. when they play visitor-selected songs. For more information, visit the Epic Lights website.
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
City of Lacey’s Huntamer Park is once again decorated for the holidays. You can listen to and stories of the season while walking around the park. More information can be found in this ThurstonTalk article.
8135 52nd Ave NE, Lacey
The Wiatt home is lit up from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You are welcome to stop for photos, but please park on the right side of the street, past the house in front of the empty corner lot. They ask that no one walk on their lawn so you don’t trip on the lights.
7140 Deerfield Park Drive NE
Deerfield Park Drive NE has quite the collection of Santa figures! It’s a you will definitely want to take the time to look at them all.
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